Joe Biden on Monday defended the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and rejected widespread criticism of the chaotic withdrawal.
The vice president said the United States ought not to be involved in nation-building since the Taliban took over Afghanistan because Afghan political leaders fled and the Afghan army refused to fight the militants.
“I stand by my decision,” Biden said. “After 20 years, I have learned the hard way there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces. That’s why we’re still there.”
Biden said, “The reality is, this unfolded more quickly than we anticipated. So what happened? The Afghan government gave up and fled the country, and the Afghan military gave up, often without even trying.”